US elections: France says would have to clarify key issues on Syria, Iran if Donald Trump wins

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that France will need to clarify key issues with the US if Mr Donald Trump became US president.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that France will need to clarify key issues with the US if Mr Donald Trump became US president. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (REUTERS) - France would need to clarify with the United States key issues such as the conflict in Syria, Iran's nuclear deal and climate change, if  Mr Donald Trump became US president, the country's Foreign Minister said on Wednesday (Nov 09).

Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault also told France 2 Television that he thought Mr Trump's personality raised "questions".

Asked about Mr Trump's personality he said: "It makes you think, it asks questions. It has certainly provoked reactions."

Mr Ayrault said it looked likely Mr Trump had won power, adding: "France is an ally of the United States. We are therefore a key partner, and we need to work together for stability and peace in the world, and for a world which tackles the key issues facing it.

"We are going to need to understand what the new president will want to do," he added.

"What is going to happen to the Paris climate change deal? On the Iran nuclear deal? These are key questions that we are already asking ourselves."